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Fear of Speaking

Fear of Speaking

Because so many people fear public speaking, great benefits are accorded to those who dare to get up in front of an audience and speak. Audiences tend to believe that those who speak publicly about their industry are more knowledgeable than those who don’t speak publicly are. Speakers command more respect. The audience is more likely to want to do business with the speaker than nearly anyone else that they know in the same industry.

So, if you’re willing to speak about your profession, what you know and what inspires you, you’ll move far ahead of your peers in terms of gaining notoriety and being highly regarded.

The only way to break the fear of public speaking is to do it. Like learning to ride a bicycle, before you get competent, you’ll probably fall a lot. You may even fall a time or two after you become an expert, but you learn to make it work for you. You’ll develop your instincts for knowing when you’re moving toward your purpose and when you’re off-course. Once you learn the skill of speaking, you can take it into any arena.

 

Taking Charge

Then the snoring became unbearably loud. It was impossible for the audience to concentrate on what I wanted them to hear. Some of them couldn’t even hear me over the snoring.

Feeling distracted, I walked out into the group and laid my hand gently on the snoring member’s arm. He immediately jerked awake and looked around the room at all the smiling faces.

I leaned in close to him and asked, “Would you like to join the rest of us?”

Everyone, including the man who was snoring, had a good laugh.

That was the magic moment in which I became a professional speaker. I took control of the situation and I gained their respect because of the way I handled the instance.

From that moment on, I have never let my nervousness distract me from the purpose of inspiring and informing a group. When unforeseen situations occur, I work with them instead of resisting them.